Thursday, November 06, 2008

Cable Car Museum & Powerhouse

This is San Francisco's Cable Car Museum & Powerhouse. It is the central hub of where all the running cable cars in the city get their power and a place to view vintage equipment and cable cars.

Before I visited this museum, I had no idea how cable cars were powered, but the diagram here shows you the basics. Cables seen in the first photo go in motion whenever cable cars in the city moved forward. It is quite fascinating. To read more about the museum, click here and to read more about the powerhouse, click here.

In 1873, the cable cars replaced the horsecars due to the animals' difficulty in climbing the steep hills of the city. When the electric streetcar became more economical to operate in 1947, the mayor requested the cable car service be stopped. Citizens rallied to save the cable cars and the rest is San Francisco history. Today, if you visit San Francisco and want to ride the cable car, even at $5 a pop, your wait can be up to 90 minute to board during the height of the tourist season.

- Karen


Rune Eide said...

But it is well worth the wait - especially if you can hang on the outside steps going downhill.

PS Good luck - and the world is with you!

Lilli & Nevada said...

How interesting, i always liked the cable cars.

photowannabe said...

Great information and a interesting place to visit. Love the cable cars but wish they were'nt so darn expensive.

Anonymous said...

Im worried about myself.

Ive suddenly become obsessed with cable cars!